Spotlighting with Pleasant Poppies

It's Tuesday again and I've got another technqiue to share… spotlighting. You can add a splash of colour without going all out and colouring your whole image. Here's the effect tested out with Pleasant Poppies:

Pleasant Poppies spotlighting
I chose to go with pink poppies for a subtle effect, but layering with Basic Black rather than Basic Gray and colouring with a luscious red such as Cherry Cobbler would create a much more striking effect. This is such a clean and simple card compared to my usual offerings. I find it quite difficult to hold back from using embellishments!

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations with Hearts a Flutter

I was so excited to hear that a couple of my best friends have finally got engaged. I say finally as they were together before my now husband and I even went on our first date, and we have been married for two and a half years! Special congratulations were definitely in order, so I reached for the lovely Hearts a Flutter stamp set and matching framelits…

Hearts a flutter congratulations

The combination of Basic Gray and Pool Party is fast becoming a favourite of mine. In fact, the combination of shades of grey with any colour may become a bit of a theme. Let's just say I can't wait until I can start using the new Stampin' Up! colour Smoky Slate when we finally get my hands on it. Primrose Petals was also a perfect accent colour for the heart image. After all, what is an engagement card without a heart? I really hope they liked it.

 

 

 

 

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Twist Fold Congratulations

I had been invited to the wedding of a work colleague this summer, but unfortunately we're going to be on holiday. I hadn't sent an engagement card, so thought that my reply was a good opportunity to congratulate them more formally! The twist fold card is particularly useful in that the pockets created by the folding mean that you can slot extras into the card. I think I might be making a lot of these at Christmas for the many gift cards I end up sending.

Twist Fold Congratulations

The sentiments in the Curly Cute set are my favourite at the moment, as they really make the sentiment the focus of the design. I can't believe that this is the first time I have used the Natural Composition Specialty DSP – I can't even use the excuse of not wanting to cut up 12"x12" sheets as I got some already cut down to 6"x6" as part of a paper share! Let's just say that what I have left will be used very quickly…

 

 

 

 

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Shadow Stamping with Just Believe

I'm not sure if this is going to work, but I would really like to share a series of technqiues with you all. Yes, I admit it, I am a technique girl! I love seeing new ideas and adapting them to work with my (extensive) Stampin' Up! stash. Let's see if I can make this a regular series of posts. I have a 'technqiue keyring' which I originally started during trainings with my lovely upline, Michelle Last. We had a team training weekend in Birmingham recently, and I ran a class to make a new version of our now rather old keyrings. Hopefully these regular posts will share these ideas with you! I must admit that very few of the techniques (if indeed any at this stage) are unique and I am sure you have seen them before. Hopefully I can remind you of them and inspire you to give them a go.

The first technique I have chosen to share is shadow stamping. The beautiful Just Believe stamp set is perfect to showcase this. You need two shades of the same colour ink.  All you do is stamp the image first in the darker shade, and then stamp in the lighter shade using your trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig to offset the image slightly.

Shadow Stamping with Just Believe

Yes, it's more Crumb Cake! But I have branched out to use Soft Suede as well. Both colours are part of the Comfort Cafe DSP, so that was a very easy choice. The seam binding ribbon seemed to be a bit too much for this card, so I tried rolling it up to create a narrower ribbon. What do you think of the effect? Paper piercing also adds some texture to the DSP layers.

 

 

 

 

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